Join BRIC on October 20, 21, and 22 for our eighth annual JazzFest! This acclaimed marathon Jazz festival, which is one of BRIC's premiere performing arts programs, will take place across three days and two stages.
The 2022 BRIC JazzFest lineup brings together jazz world legends, rising stars, and emerging musical geniuses at BRIC House in Downtown Brooklyn. These artists are pushing the boundaries of the jazz genre, some through the lens and influence of hip hop and others through a musical style all their own.
This year’s star-studded lineup is co-curated by performer Maurice Brown along with BRIC Producer Viviana Benitez and Winter JazzFest Founder Brice Rosenbloom.
**Beginning Sept. 12, 2022, proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is required to visit BRIC House. View our full COVID-19 safety protocols here.**
BRIC Members receive ticket discounts and other benefits! For more information, head here.
To inquire about discounts for groups of 10 or more, please email Benno Orlinsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(NOTE: MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!)
A steward of American music, acclaimed vocalist Lizz Wright is rising out of the pandemic and returning to stages across the globe. She has reclaimed her legacy with the launch of an independent record company, Blues & Greens Records. Wright’s label launched with the June 15, 2022 release of Holding Space, a brilliant live album capturing a Berlin, Germany concert where Wright and her band closed out their 2018 European summer tour.
Joel Ross 'Parables'
The Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based vibraphonist Joel Ross is a sophisticated jazz performer with a sound steeped in the post-bop tradition. A protégé of Stefon Harris, Ross initially gained attention as a sideman with Marquis Hill and Makaya McCraven before releasing his 2019 debut Blue Note album, Kingmaker. Along with his work as a member of Walter Smith III and Matthew Stevens' In Common band, he has continued to deliver ever more ambitious albums, including 2020's Who Are You? and 2022's The Parable of the Poet.
+ More to be announced soon!
On & On: José James sings Badu
A jazz artist for the hip-hop generation, José James artfully blurs the lines between traditional and contemporary jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk, pop and rock. James throws down the gauntlet on the past 100 years of jazz singing while charting a path forward for the culture.
In his new project On & On: José James sings the music of Erykah Badu. “It’s simple,” James explains. “Jazz singing has always been about interpreting the highest level of standards of your time. And for my generation, Erykah Badu has been one of the most innovative and incisive songwriters. Her work has proven to be groundbreaking in a social, musical and artistic sense.”
(new group led by Chelsea Baratz with Anne Drummond, Alexis Lombre, Endea Owens, Shirazette Tinnin, and vocalist Andromeda)
Named after the Olympian queen of the gods, HERA brings ground-breaking women artists & bandleaders together to showcase original works in a space where every band member can wear her crown. Every musician at a HERA show has her own band, her own original music, and her own sound. These women hold court over many styles, making genre-bending music that crosses scenes and borders alike. HERA's mission is to bring the perspectives of strong, innovative creators together and explore new, re-imagined possibilities in music.
The line up is:
Chelsea Baratz- saxophone/vocals, musical director
Anne Drummond- flute
Andromeda Turre- vocals
Alexis Lombre- keys & vocals
Endea Owens- bass
Shirazette Tinnin- drums & percussion
suite harriet // Angel Bat Dawid & Viktor le Givens
suite harriet, is the first installment of the multipart archival audio arts project between multi-instrumentalist Angel Bat Dawid and visual performance artist Viktor le Givens. This interdisciplinary audio dream score explores the surreal tale of a young Araminta Ross, imaginatively set in the unmarked past somewhere near Little Black Water River, Maryland.
Angel Bat Dawid is a Black American composer, improviser, clarinetist, pianist, vocalist, educator, and DJ. As a descendant of ministers, philanthropists, and prophets Angel continues her ancestral legacy through sound and performance.
There is magic, reverence, and mystery in the spaces, objects, and writings of Viktor Le Givens, a multimodal performance artist whose practice centers around the gathering and arrangement of ancestral objects to recontextualize the seemingly mundane into the spectacularly sacred to activate spaces for site-specific public rituals.
Singer, composer, pianist, Afro Cuban dancer, actress, and educator Melvis Santa made a splash on the Cuban musical scene at the age of 14 when she founded the collective vocal group Sexto Sentido. Based in New York since 2014, she continues to make a mark as a performer and educator. Melvis has collaborated with greats such as Roman Diaz, Ravi Coltrane, Steve Coleman, David Virelles, Gilles Peterson and Havana Cultura plus many more.
+ More to be announced soon!
Trumpet sensation Maurice “Mobetta” Brown orbits simultaneously through three worlds: contemporary jazz, blues-rock, and cutting-edge hip hop. He’s a mastermind as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer. When Maurice picks up his horn, his soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries be-bop to hip-hop and rock, producing his own distinctive sound. His critically acclaimed debut, “HIP TO BOP,” recorded in New Orleans, foreshadowed Brown’s unique talent for creating fresh bop-inflected jazz with an urban pulse.
At 21-years-old, multi-instrumentalist Matthew Whitaker has come a long way to get where he is today, overcoming adversity and dedicating countless hours to honing his craft. Whitaker's musical identity is one filled with deepening confidence, rhythmic vigor, and a marked melodic clarity. Dramatic entrances have become an aspect of his musical approach. Whether on piano, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes or synthesizer, he doesn’t kick off a tune or improvisation as much as plunge into the music, twisting time and navigating structural shifts with fluidity.
Theon Cross is an award-winning tuba player and composer. He is a key component of London’s thriving jazz scene and his unique sound has been described as ‘innovative’ and hailed for ‘reinventing the tuba.’ His debut EP Aspirations brought him international attention and garnered a Jazz FM nomination for best Jazz Newcomer in 2016. In 2019 he released his debut album Fyah, which was met with critical acclaim worldwide charting at no. 1 on the UK official Jazz & Blues charts, no.23 on the US Jazz Billboard, and garnering high praise from major publications such as Rolling Stone Magazine, Pitchfork, The New York Times, The Guardian and NPR. His latest album, Intra-I (meaning ‘Within Self’) syntheses the diversity of his musical art and experience to deliver an essential message to a world gripped by tribulation. Across ten sonically divergent and bass-rich tracks, Intra-I explores themes of self-reliance, origins, identity and more.
+ More to be announced soon!
BRIC House is Brooklyn’s cultural living room: a 40,000 square foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex in the former Strand Theatre, where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of the borough.
Beginning Sept. 12, 2022, attendees of any BRIC House programming must show proof of full vaccination OR negative lab-administered COVID-19 test for entry, along with a photo ID. Masks are currently required while inside BRIC House. If you have questions regarding this protocol, please email Safety@bricartsmedia.org
BRIC is committed to welcoming people of all abilities. The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The BRIC Media Center, located on the 2nd floor, is accessible via elevator. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available for programs on the Stoop and in the Ballroom upon request. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Benno Orlinsky at email@example.com or 718.683.5631.